Acclaimed New York Times bestselling
author T. C. Boyle returns with a powerful, gripping novel that explores the
roots of violence and anti-authoritarianism inherent in the American character.
in contemporary Northern California, The Harder They Come explores
the volatile connections between three damaged people—an aging ex-Marine and
Vietnam veteran, his psychologically unstable son, and the son’s paranoid, much
older lover—as they careen towards an explosive confrontation.
a vacation cruise to Central America with his wife, seventy-year-old Sten
Stensen unflinchingly kills a gun-wielding robber menacing a busload of senior
tourists. The reluctant hero is relieved to return home to Fort Bragg,
California, after the ordeal—only to find that his delusional son, Adam, has
spiraled out of control.
has become involved with Sara Hovarty Jennings, a hardened member of the
Sovereign Citizens’ Movement, right-wing anarchists who refuse to acknowledge
the laws and regulations of the state, considering them to be false and
non-applicable. Adam’s senior by some fifteen years, Sara becomes his protector
and inamorata. As Adam’s mental state fractures, he becomes increasingly
schizophrenic—a breakdown that leads him to shoot two people in separate
instances. On the run, he takes to the woods, spurring the biggest manhunt in
he explores a father’s legacy of violence and his powerlessness in relating to
his equally violent son, T. C. Boyle offers unparalleled psychological insights
into the American psyche. Inspired by a true story, The Harder They Come is a devastating and indelible novel from a
modern master. Download and start listening now!